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Five Benefits of Broccoli

Updated on August 26, 2014

About Broccoli

Broccoli is a vegetable that is said to have originated in Italy. The word 'broccoli' is Latin and translates to 'strong arm' ' or 'branch.' It is perhaps one of the most studied vegetables based on it's properties, including those which can reduce various types of cancer such as prostate, breast, lung and colorectal --particularly when eaten raw.

Five Benefits of Broccoli

In addition to cancer prevention, broccoli has a number of benefits that make it a wise addition to any meal. Here are five benefits of broccoli to note:

Antioxidant

Broccoli is one of the most concentrated veggie sources of vitamin A and vitamin C. It is also filled with carotenoids, lutein -which is said to fight against eye disorders including cataracts and macular degeneration, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene along with a few other powerful antioxidants.

Anti-Allergy & Anti-Inflammatory

Broccoli contains significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids which also act as anti-inflammatory properties as well as a substance known as kaempferol. Studies show that kaempferol decreases the effect of allergy-related substances on our body.

Promotes Cardiac Health

Broccoli contains a substance known as sulforaphane which promotes anti-inflammatory activity and is said to have the potential to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation therefore enabling the regulation of blood sugar and blood pressure along with detoxification.

Reduces Cholesterol

Broccoli could be a great addition to your diet to fight the war against bad cholesterol. It contains soluble fiber properties which are responsible for helping to remove cholesterol from your body.

Good for Bone Health

Broccoli is a good source of both calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin K which are critical for bone health, bone density and prevention of osteoporosis.


The Side Effects of Broccoli

Broccoli is a wonderful vegetable that aids in digestion and is loaded with fiber. However, be warned that because broccoli is loaded with fiber, some individuals may experience a few side effects post-consumption of broccoli such as bloating and gas.

Ways to Cook Broccoli

Broccoli can prepared in a variety of ways to include:

  • Stir Fry
  • Steamed
  • Baked
  • Boiled
  • Grilled

One must be careful not to overcook broccoli or it loses its nutritional value.

Shopping for Broccoli

There are a few characteristics that you will want to look for in selecting broccoli at the grocery store. First, look for broccoli that is tight, full of rich green color and dense in florets.

Yellowing florets can be indication that the broccoli you are looking at is exiting its glory days of ripeness. If choosing broccoli that actually has leaves on the stalk, look for leaves that are firm and not wilted.

Broccoli generally has a health shelf life in the crisper of 5 to 7 days. It is recommended that you do not wash broccoli prior to storing it as this can lead to mold; therefore do not wash it until you are actually read to eat it or cook with it.

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      Jacobb9205 2 years ago

      Thank you for these benefits of broccoli! I have actually started eating brocolli more lately so this helps :)

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      Sp Greaney 3 years ago from Ireland

      I love broccoli and I think it's one of those vegetables that there is more to it than we think as your hubs shows us.

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      Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this valuable information about the benefits of broccoli. Very helpful. Voted up!!!

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      Mahogany Speaks 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you. I rarely eat plain broccoli. It's usually in my stir fry meals, my salad, or as a part of a vegetable medley.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      What an insightful Hub your provide wealth of information that supports the beauty of Broccoli. I do prefer broccoli with cheese. Not so healthy but it taste great. Good job! Voted up useful.

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      Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

      Very nicely written article. I love the way you organized your information.